Police appeal for witnesses to assault

29th November 2017 11:53 AM
Witnesses to an assault on two teenage girls at the Charleville Rodeo are being asked to come forward. Witnesses to an assault on two teenage girls at the Charleville Rodeo are being asked to come forward. Brandon Livesay

CHARLEVILLE detectives investigating an assault complaint are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Police received a complaint from a 15-year-old local girl who advised she had been forcibly removed from a ride-sharing vehicle at the Charleville Rodeo late on Saturday night, November 25 (or the very early hours on Sunday, November 26).

Police were told that two girls, aged 15 and 11, were inside the vehicle around midnight when a verbal dispute occurred with the male driver, a local man aged in his 50s.

The dispute escalated, with the teenager advising police she was grabbed by the man and forcibly pulled out of the vehicle before being kicked once when lying on the ground outside of the vehicle.

Police have been told that an unknown man (a member of the public), as well as family members of the girl, intervened.

The driver then returned to the vehicle, with the 11-year-old girl jumping out as it drove off.

The alleged assault occurred around midnight at the entrance gates to the rodeo at the Charleville Showgrounds, with the vehicle described as a white Toyota HiAce minibus.

Charleville detectives are particularly interested in speaking to the man who intervened in the incident. He was seen leaving the rodeo with two children around midnight.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any information that could assist with their investigations to contact Charleville detectives, Policelink or Crime Stoppers.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 13 14 44 or provide information using the online form 24 hours a day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours a day.